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Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, then the White House Deputy Press Secretary, answers questions at the press briefing on Thursday, May 11, 2017 about President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey.

Sarah Huckabee-Sanders, then the White House Deputy Press Secretary, answers questions at the press briefing on Thursday, May 11, 2017 about President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey. (Photo: VOA News, cc)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, A Liar, to Resign as White House Press Secretary

 "Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the White House so she can spend more time with her lies."

Eoin Higgins

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the White House at the end of June. 

One of the longest-serving members of the President Donald Trump administration, Sanders began her time in the press office as deputy White House press secretary. She took the full-time position on July 26, 2017, taking over for the beleaguered Sean Spicer.

The departure was announced in a pair of tweets by the president.

According to The New York Times:

Ms. Sanders informed her staff about an hour before the president's tweets that she would be leaving. No successor was immediately announced, but the next press secretary will take over just as Mr. Trump is heading into the thick of a re-election campaign that will determine the fate of his presidency.

If you've largely forgotten who Huckabee-Sanders is, that's understandable: she hasn't held a press conference in 94 days.

When she did appear before the camera, a diplomatic way to describe the Huckabee-Sanders approach to reporters and press conferences would be "hostile." 

During her time in the White House, Huckabee-Sanders defended the administration on its policies, including:

  • child separations
  • migrant mistreatment at the border
  • the trans military ban
  • the president saying neo-Nazis were among "good people" at a white nationalist demonstration

Sanders lied to the American people on multiple occasions:

  • she said the president "tripled" of former-President Barack Obama's efforts on African American employment
  • she told the press that Trump never called for violence against his perceived enemies
  • she said "countless members" of the FBI told her they had no confidence in former director James Comey and then lied about that lie

Huckabee-Sanders regularly told blatant untruths from the podium, ignored questions she didn't care for, and got into endless theatrical fights with members of the press.

Her departure was welcomed by a number of prominent figures, like The Intercept's Mehdi Hasan, who simply tweeted:"Good. Riddance."

"Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving the White House so she can spend more time with her lies," said writer J.D. Crowley.

Commentators speculated that the next move for Huckabee-Sanders could be a cushy role in media, something that filled progressives with dread and disgust. 

"Anybody who writes anything rehabilitating Sarah Sanders should be forced to sleep in a cage," writer Jeb Lund tweeted.

"Dear all media/entertainment outlets," producer Andrew Kimmel wrote on Twitter, "do not have Sarah Sanders on your show. Do not put her on Dancing With the Stars. Do not have her surprise the audience at the Emmys. Do not invite her on to Saturday Night Live. The danger she has put our country in must not be overlooked."

"Hollywood entertainers can now stop pretending they don't like Sarah Huckabee Sanders," said journalist Elizabeth King. 

"Remember Sean Spicer at the Emmy's?" King continued. "They can't wait to embrace these people."


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